This article on betel nuts here has been making the rounds….

It tastes bitter, turns your teeth black and causes cancer, but it also gives you a buzz and is served by scantily clad young women.

And that is why it is proving hard for Taiwan’s government to get its heavy betel nut chewers, mostly blue-collar workers, to kick the habit despite the widely known health risks and the red stains left on the sidewalks where users spit out the juice.

Truck drivers in Taiwan, like their counterparts in China, India, Indonesia and elsewhere, chew the nut, which looks like a green olive, for the warming buzz and lightheadedness it gives them, helping them stay awake through long-night journeys.

“I just can’t get enough of betel nuts because eating them is like making love to my wife on our wedding night,” said Lin Shuei-wang, 58, as he popped into his mouth a betel nut freshly wrapped in a leaf coated with spices…..

And don’t miss my picture page on Betel Nut Girls!